The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 8-1. 1B Rob Segedin and RF Aaron Judge each had two hits.

AA: Trenton lost 6-5 in 12 innings. CF Mark Payton 2 h, grand slam, 5 RBI. 2B Tony Renda and RF Danny Oh three hits each, Two hits for SS Tyler Wade.

High A: Tampa off.

A: Charleston won 4-3 in 11. DH Isaias Tejeda walk-off HR. Outfielders Austin Aune and Alexander Palma two hits each.

Game 132. Yanks outslug Boston 13-8.

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The Yanks jumped out to an early 11-1 lead and held on for a 13-8 win over Boston up in Fenway yesterday. They remain 1 1/2 back of Toronto in the AL East (don’t the Blue Jays ever lose?) with a 74-58 record.

The Yanks hit five HR in the game.

After Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the first, the Yanks bounced back with eight in the second. Greg Bird (3) hit a 2-run HR and it was immediately followed by John Ryan Murphy’s solo blast (2).  Chris Young’s single made it 4-1, A-Rod’s single 6-1 and then Carlos Beltran’s 2-run HR (14, 387th career) made it 8-1.

Stephen Drew’s 3-run HR in the third (17) made it 11-1 Yanks.

In the fifth, Didi Gregorius’ solo shot (8) made it 12-1.

Then the Yanks had to hold on. The one thing I didn’t like was that after taking a 12-1 lead, the Yanks still had to use Wilson, Betances and Miller because some middle relievers struggled. Oh well, today is a day off anyway, but how nice it would have been to give Wilson, Betances and Miller all two days off.

Tanaka gave up a run in the fifth, a HR in the sixth…. 12-3.

Boston got two in the seventh off of Tanaka and Andrew Bailey, who was making his first MLB appearance in over two years. 12-5.

Jose Pirela singled in a run for the Yanks in the eighth. 13-5, then Boston tacked on three late runs for the final score of 13-8.

Gregorius, after a slow start, is on fire, getting his average up to .272. Even Drew, way under .200 for most of the year, is now at .211.

It was Joe Girardi’s 800th career win as manager.

Tanaka (W, 11-6,  3.73) 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K.
Bailey 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 27.00
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.17.
Mitchell 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.56
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.30
Cotham 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 12.27
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 1 K. 1.86.

The minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks announced some players that will be going to the Arizona Fall League (taken from the Lohud Yankees blog):

• Initial Arizona Fall League rosters were announced today. The Yankees are sending RHP Chaz Hebert, LHP Tyler Webb, C Gary Sanchez, 3B Eric Jagielo, SS Tyler Wade and OF Dustin Fowler. There are still two open spots for Yankees pitchers (I wonder if Jacob Lindgren might be a possibility).

AAA:  SWB won 2-1. Kyle Davies 1 R in 6 IP. 2 h, solo HR SS Gregorio Petit. 2B Ali Castillo 3 hits.

AA: Trenton lost 7-1. Trenton got just five hits. LF Jose Rosario 3 for 3.

High A: Tampa lost both games of a DH.

Game 1: 2-0. 3B Miguel Andujar with their only hit.

Game 2: 3-1, and Tampa got just 4 hits in this one, two by 2B Abiatal Avelino.

A: Charleston got two in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 win.

Game 131. Yanks edge Boston, 3-1.

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The Yanks took advantage of a Boston error for two unearned runs in defeating the Red Sox 3-1 on Tuesday night. They stayed 1 1/2 games behind Toronto in the AL East because the Blue Jays beat Cleveland on a walk-0ff HR in the 10th.

The Yanks still have a good lead for a wild card spot. They are currently wild card #1, meaning that they, as of now, would host the one-game sudden death wild card game against Texas. The Yanks lead Texas by four games. The Yanks magic # to just make the playoffs, even as the second wild card team, is 27 over the Twins, who are five games behind the Yankees.

Michael Pineda pitched six strong innings for the win.

Before the game, the Yanks brought up C Austin Romine, utility men Dustin Ackley and Jose Pirela, 2B Rob Refsnyder, PR Rico Noel, and relievers Andrew Bailey, Caleb Cotham and James Pazos. Rosters expanded yesterday, and some more players could be coming up soon. They DFA’d OF Tyler Austin and IF Cole Figueroa.

Boston struck first for a run in the third. The Yanks came back with two in the fifth. A-Rod singled and after two strikeouts, Gregorius reached on a two-base error, A-Rod moving to third. A Stephen Drew double put the Yanks ahead.

Brett Gardner homered (13) in the eighth for the insurance run.

Pineda (w, 10-8, 4.07) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 7 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K 3.19
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.31
Miller (29th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.90

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

We’ll see what minor leaguers get called up now that rosters expand.

AAA: SWB won 6-4. CF Ben Gamel 2 h, HR, 2 RBI (.304-10-61). 2B Dustin Ackley on rehab 3 hits, solo HR. He looks ready. DH Rob Refsnyder 2 doubles, rbi. RF Aaron Judge 2 hits,  rbi.

AA:   Trenton lost 4-1. C Francisco Arcia with two of Trenton’s five hits.

High A: Tampa lost 10-6. 1B Mike Ford 2 h, HR, 2 RBI. C Wes Wilson 2 rbi. Four others with two hits each.

A: Charleston split a DH.

Game 1: Lost 6-1, getting just four hits.

Game 2: Won 1-0. 1B Isaias Tejeda 3 for 3 with the RBI.

Game 130. Yanks lose to Boston 4-3, fail to gain ground on Toronto.

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The Yankees were edged by Boston last night 4-3 and failed to gain ground on Toronto, who lost to Cleveland. The 72-58 Yanks remain 1 1/2 behind the Blue Jays as we head into September. The Yanks still have a comfortable lead for the wild card.

After scoring 15 Friday against the Braves and 20 Sunday against the Braves, the Yanks stranded 14. They just couldn’t get the big hit.

Didi Gregorius’ bases-loaded drive with two out in the top of the ninth fell just short, and was caught on the warning track. Prior to making the last out, Didi had gone 4 for 4. He has raised his batting average to .269.

The Yanks stranded 14 in the game. They had their chances. In the first, they loaded the bases with one out but got only one run out of it on a Carlos Beltran SF.

Mookie Betts hit a 2-run HR for Boston in the third to put them up 2-1.

In the fourth, the Yanks once again loaded the bases with no one out and got just one run out of it on a Didi Gregorius’ single. The inning ended when Greg Bird was thrown out at the plate trying to score on an Ellsbury line out to left. Bad send by the third base coach? Bird was out by plenty.

Ivan Nova gave up a HR to Yankee killer David Ortiz (#495 of his career) in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-2 Boston. I have said this time and time again. How come no one dusts Ortiz off? They let him dig in. Think Gibson or Drysdale back in the day would let him dig in? No. They would have dusted him off the plate. I NEVER see any pitcher dust him off. Why not? Grow a pair and dust him off. It’s called pitching. It’s part of the game. Not headhunting, I don’t go for that, but aim one at his front hip. Make him move. No one ever does that. Yes, it bothers me. Pitchers need to grow a pair. Establish that inside corner and back him off. Heck Ortiz just missed a second HR off of Nova later in the game.

The Yanks had bases loaded, two out in the fifth. Bird struck out. A-Rod stranded two in the sixth.

Boston tacked on a run in the seventh to make it 4-2.

1st and 3rd, one out in the 8th, Ellsbury GIDP.

In the ninth, Drew singled and A-Rod walked. Murphy PR for Alex. Beltran struck out. McCann walked to load the bases with one out. Headley walked to force in a run and make it 4-3, bases loaded, one out. Bird struck out, then Didi hit the long flyout to end the game. In Yankee Stadium, it’s a grand slam. In Fenway, wrong part of the ballpark.

Nova (L, 5-7, 4.50) 6 IP, 3R, 7 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Warren 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.26
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 1.89.

Teixeira won’t be with the team in Boston. He went back to NY for more tests on that bone bruise in his leg.

Today is September 1. We see who comes up now that rosters expand.

The Minors

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sorry, was busy, no minor league report yesterday.

AAA: SWB  won 2-0. Chris Capuano, Johnny Barbato & Nick Goody combined on the shutout.  DH Rob Refsnyder 2 h, rbi.

AA: Trenton lost 2-0. 3B Rob Segedin two of Trenton’s five hits.

High A: Tampa was up 3-0 in the fourth when the game was suspended due to rain.

A: Charleston rained out.